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NCJRS — Special Feature: Fraud Awareness

November 19, 2014 Comments off

Special Feature: Fraud Awareness
Source: National Criminal Justice Reference Service

A single scam can destroy a company, devastate families by wiping out their life savings, or cost investors billions of dollars (or even all three). Additionally, today’s fraud schemes are more sophisticated than ever (White Collar Crime, Federal Bureau of Investigation, retrieved October 2014).

Results of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) survey of fraud in the United States during 2011 showed that an estimated 25.6 million adults – 10.8 percent of the adult population – were victims of fraud. Most consumers bought fraudulent items via the Internet with telephone purchases ranking second (Consumer Fraud in the United States, 2011: The Third FTC Survey, Federal Trade Commission, April 2013).

In an effort to educate businesses and the public about the impact of fraud, as well as to promote basic steps that can be taken to recognize, report, and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraudulent activities, NCJRS presents this online compilation of resources addressing the topic.

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FBI Releases 2013 Crime Statistics

November 10, 2014 Comments off

FBI Releases 2013 Crime Statistics
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes decreased 4.1 percent, marking the 11th straight year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.

The 2013 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 367.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the property crime rate was 2,730.7 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. The violent crime rate declined 5.1 percent compared to the 2012 rate, while the property crime rate declined 4.8 percent.

These and additional data are presented in the 2013 edition of the FBI’s annual report Crime in the United States. This publication is a statistical compilation of offense and arrest data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

Juvenile Court Statistics 2011

November 4, 2014 Comments off

Juvenile Court Statistics 2011 (PDF)
Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Juvenile Court Statistics 2011, which the National Juvenile Court Data Archive compiled and produced, chronicles the progress that has been made over the years and highlights the challenges that remain. This report profiles approximately 1.2 million delinquency cases that U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction handled in 2011. It also describes trends in delinquency cases that juvenile courts processed between 1985 and 2011 and the status offense cases they handled between 1995 and 2011. One challenge that remains is producing credible estimates that include details on cases involving youth of Hispanic ethnicity and that will be a focus of the project moving forward.

Office for Victims of Crime — OVC is pleased to announce new resources available to assist those who serve victims of human trafficking

November 3, 2014 Comments off

OVC is pleased to announce new resources available to assist those who serve victims of human trafficking
Source: Office for Victims of Crime (USDoJ)

OVC is excited to announce the launch of new resources available to assist those who serve victims of human trafficking. In his remarks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference on October 27, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance have released a newly expanded and enhanced Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide. The expanded e-Guide, redesigned to help navigate content more easily and locate information faster, provides practical information on the creation and day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces.

Access the e-Guide to view new sections and strategies to –

  • strengthen multidisciplinary collaboration,
  • increase victim identification,
  • enhance victim-centered investigation, and
  • build stronger prosecution strategies.

OVC is also pleased to announce the launch of a new mobile friendly human trafficking Web site, which contains a wide range of information including resources and research from the Federal Government, publications and products from OVC, local and national direct assistance information, and related funding opportunities for victims and survivors of human trafficking, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals. Visit the Web site to –

  • learn about human trafficking,
  • find resources based on the type of services you provide,
  • watch, download, and share public service announcements,
  • read about OVC’s efforts to combat human trafficking.

Both resources have been prepared to help strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to assist victims of human trafficking. Take advantage of both today! (Posted 10/27/14)

See also: Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States (National Institute of Justice)

NCJRS — Special Feature: School Safety

November 3, 2014 Comments off

Special Feature: School Safety
Source: National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Our nation’s schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning, free of crime and violence. Any instance of crime or violence at school not only affects the individuals involved, but also may disrupt the educational process and affect bystanders, the school itself, and the surrounding community (as provided in Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013, Bureau of Justice Statistics/U.S. Department of Education, June 2014).

Launched in early 2014 and overseen by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative was established to create a firmer foundation of knowledge so that communities can implement individualized programs and policies based on scientific testing.

The Initiative has three broad components, each designed to produce evidence about what works and to identify best practices:

  • Understand school safety issues, existing models and data
  • Sponsor independent and innovative research
  • Test the effects of interventions via pilot projects

See NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative page for further information about this Initiative.

To learn more about school safety, select a page from the following list or from the box at the right under the heading “School Safety”:

  • Bullying
  • Violence
  • Training
  • Additional Resources

Criminal Victimization, 2013

October 9, 2014 Comments off

Criminal Victimization, 2013
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Presents 2013 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States. This bulletin includes violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property victimization (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft). It describes the annual change from 2012 and analyzes 10-year trends from 2004 through 2013. The bulletin includes estimates of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and injury and use of weapons in violent victimization. It also describes the characteristics of victims. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) collects information on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. During 2013, about 90,630 households and 160,040 persons were interviewed for the NCVS.

Prisoners In 2013

October 8, 2014 Comments off

Prisoners In 2013
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Presents final counts of prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities on December 31, 2013, collected by the National Prisoner Statistics Program. This report includes the number of prison admissions, releases, noncitizen inmates, and inmates age 17 or younger in the custody of state or federal prisons. It also presents prison capacity for each state and the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the offense and demographic characteristics of yearend federal and state prison populations. The report examines capacity and enhanced sentencing data from California state prisons between 2010 and 2013 to chart the progress of the state’s Public Safety Realignment policy.

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